The prospects of Barack Obama’s policy in the Arab world

Whatever the results in November 2008, Morocco and the USA will geographically remain the Atlantic Ocean apart when it comes to how the Moroccans view the USA.

Policies between the two countries usually take care of themselves because of historical relationships dating to the 18th century. The governments of the two countries are close allies. Morocco has been given the status of non-NATO ally by Washington, which has praised its support for the US-led war on terror. There is a free trade agreement between the two countries. The US is also a strong ally of Morocco on the issue of Western Sahara.

At the public level, the USA administration is always seen with suspicion. Morocco is still one of the countries whose citizens meet great difficulties to get a visa to enter it, because it considers it as a home of terrorists following the terrorist attacks in Morocco On May 16th, 2003 and after three suspected militants blew themselves up during a police raid on April 7th, 2007.

The fact that Obama has pledged support for Israel: will make him look no different from John McCain. They can make a difference at home. But inherited foreign policies will make it hard for them to change things overnight, especially policies which are the core of any decision-making like those towards Cuba, Iran and the Middle-East.


  1. Eileen said,

    June 7, 2008 at 10:11 am

    In your opinion, what do Muslims think about the issue of Obama being born to a Muslim father, and raised in a Muslim school and Muslim society for several years, yet now having left the Muslim religion, and become a Christian?

    Is this viewed as a “problem,” or not?

    Will extremists/fundamentalists view it as a “problem?”

    Dedicated Elementary Teacher Overseas (in the Middle East)

  2. Abdelilah Boukili said,

    June 8, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Hi Eileen,
    Obama, before being black, is American. His environment is different.
    There is no evidence to suggest that his father is a Muslim. What is known about him is that his stepfather is a Muslim, which of course has nothing to do with his religion.

    Even being black and of African origin doesn’t mean he will steer the bulk of his policy towards Africa.

    I think Muslims will view him as no different from other presidents, especially George Bush as he has showed his full support for Israel.

  3. Eileen said,

    June 29, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Thank you for your considered opinion. Would it be all right if I quoted you on my website?

    Best regards,
    Dedicated Elementary Teacher Overseas (in the Middle East)

  4. Abdelilah Boukili said,

    June 30, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Hi Eileen,
    It will be all right to quote me on your website. In fact feel fee to use my website for any quotation you like.
    once again, thank you for your interest in my blog.

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